March 11, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM / KYODO NEWS) — Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan set up emergency headquarters on Friday at his office immediately after a devastating earthquake struck northeastern Japan and decided to send the Self-Defense Forces and other rescue teams as soon as possible to hard-hit areas, Kyodo News reported on Friday.
”The damage has occurred across a wide range of areas, particularly in the country’s northeastern part,” Kan told an emergency news conference. ”Our government will make all-out efforts to secure people’s safety and minimize the damage caused by the earthquake.”
Kan also asked the public to stay calm and keep abreast of the latest information concerning the magnitude 8.8 earthquake that occurred at 2:46 p.m.
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